Karmine Corps' Marc "Stake" Bosch Plujà is a veteran in Rocket League, and an impressive Esports player. We sat down with him, and he took us through his camera settings, MMR, and advice for players.
Karmine Corps' Marc "Stake" Bosch Plujà is a Rocket League success story. Sucked into the car-football extravaganza when the game released in 2015, Stake has since taken on the world as a veteran of orgs like the Vodafone Giants, and now the world-renowned Karmine Corp. It has been a long, but rewarding journey, and despite his tremendous success, sitting down with Stake is a humbling experience.
Talking with Stake, you wouldn't imagine that he was the same man who had earned more than $60,000 USD in Esports winnings, had competed in multiple seasons of the RLCS, and had recently beaten Team BDS to claim first place in the WePlay Esports Invitational (featuring Rocket League). He laughs a lot, and displays a sense of humor that you wouldn't really expect from an Esports Pro nowadays. One thing's always certain, though: when it comes to playing Rocket League, it's all business.
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In my interview with Stake, who currently plays for Karmine Corp, we took a dive into his ideal camera settings, his thoughts on MMR, and his advice to Rocket League players both new and old. It was a fun conversation, with some great moments and fantastic insights. For that reason, we are also making the audio available for you to listen to, so if you don't feel like reading through all of this, you don't have to. Check it out:
Stake Interview: Which Camera Settings Does Stake Use?
- Camera Preset: Custom
- Camera Shake: Off
- Field of View: 110°
- Distance: 270.00
- Height: 90.00
- Angle: -3.00
- Stiffness: 0.55
- Swivel Speed: 4.30
- Transition Speed: 1.40
- Invert Swivel: On
When asked about his camera settings, Stake let out a laugh: "Let me jump into the game, I don't actually remember," he said, "I can send you a screenshot if you want?" True to his word, Stake did send me his camera settings. If you want to become a Rocket League master, perhaps this would be a good place to start?
What is Stake's MMR, Does He Keep Track Of It?
Stake pointed out that he doesn't keep track of his MMR, saying that often plays alone at night "gaining lots of points," and then he "plays the stream in the morning and [he] loses all those points again".
"At the moment, I am at 2029 points, in the top 85 in the world in 2v2. Right now, I am quite low, though, much lower than I was even yesterday. If you had asked me yesterday, I would have been higher! In the end, though, you always take ranks seriously, but the most important thing is the tournament. I think of rank (MMR) as training, you know? You get a title in the end, which is nice, but the most important thing is that you get a lot of points so that you get other pros in the lobby."
It's certainly a logical thought process. If you were Stake, you probably wouldn't want to go up against casual players. You'd want to practice, and the best way to practice is with adversity. As Stake went on to say, this is "so that you keep improving, you keep getting good, you don't get players who are not good enough to play against."
After I asked how he responds to a losing streak, Stake let out a chuckle: "What I usually do is that I take a break, I have lunch, and then I do another stream", he said, "after that, I say 'okay, I'm not streaming, I'm fully focused, I'm not reading the chat, and I am not missing balls.' Once that's the case, I begin again."
In a way, it goes to show that even a Rocket League pro, who admitted to having amassed a whopping 10,000 hours – the equivalent of about 417 days, more than a year – in the game, can have off-days.
What's more, Stake recommends that if there's any skill that a player needs to master, it's the dribble:
I would say that Dribbling is my worst thing. I don't think I need impressive mechanics. I mean, in the end, when you play against pros, they don't give you the space for impressive mechanics. Personally, if there was one skill that I focused on, it would be my dribbling skills. Playing it a lot in free training is very important, taking about fifteen minutes a day just to practice dribbling.
When I pushed him on why dribbling was so important, Stake pointed out that when he's playing in free training, that's what he focuses on. It's clear from what he described that the dribble is the bedrock of all good Rocket League players, and without it, there's very little that can be done to improve a player's performance.
When asked about pre-match warm-ups, Stake once again showed us his humbler side: literal warm-ups. In other words, when Stake wants to get ready, he literally warms up his hands. This also makes a lot of sense – it's hard to have fast reaction times when your hands are cold!
I might have been a bit cheeky at this point, though I wouldn't usually admit it. I asked Stake about which rank he thinks is the most toxic, and his response – almost instantaneously – was pretty clear: Diamond!
When I played with my girlfriend's account, or I don't know, I played somewhere with toxic people, where they're like 'bro, why would you do that?' and stuff... I would say mostly on Diamond.
The thing is, though, Stake's parting advice to us was pretty wise indeed. How should we take on the road to Diamond? How should we work our way up the ranks? What is it that we should do – the most important thing? Patience, we should have patience.
"I would say have patience", he said. "It's hard to get to higher ranks when you are stuck in a mentality like 'I need to win, I need to win'. I would say that [when you are on a losing streak] just have a bit of patience, take a break, and then dive in and keep going."
It's an important thing, patience, and I think that this was an ample way to finish this section of the interview. Life is all about patience, and patient people get rewarded. It might seem a bit generic, but Stake has a real point here. It's the key to success, but also something that can be hard to summon at times.
This is not everything we talked about in my interview with Stake, though. We also spoke about Esports, how the industry is evolving, the past, present, and future of Rocket League, and even more. Tune in for those interviews, there's a lot more wisdom, and some fascinating insights, to come.
Don't forget that you can check out our interview with Stake from Karmine Corp in Episode 10 of The EarlyGame Podcast, which will be out on Thursday, October 21. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. You can also listen on EarlyGame by using this widget (obviously only once the episode has been released, that is):
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